Jane was a little overwhelmed on this weeks Jane the Virgin, to say the least.
She was planning Mateo’s first birthday and her wedding at the same time and at first everything seemed perfect. It always does. Until Rogelio’s workers decided they were going to strike for better working conditions and wages. This meant that there would be no workers for Jane’s wedding on the set that Rogelio built.
Rogelio, the good father that he is, stroke a deal with the production crew. He had to work their job for a whole week and if he did so successfully, they would postpone their strike. If he caved, he would have to be the face of their strike. Surprisingly, Rogelio was a kick ass production dude. Even when they set him up for failure, he was determined and successful. And stylish might I add. That is until they asked him to change a light bulb. His fear of heights got the best of him but his determined daughter helped him overcome his fear. So yes, Roglio won the bet but the problem was still there because the network execs revealed that they were planning to fire the crew before their strike and before the wedding. At that point, Jane enacted plan B – have the wedding at a different venue and at this point, she didn’t even care that Michael’s mom had to be flown in by expensive helicopter. It’s HER WEDDING DAY right!? As for Rogelio, he had a huge growth moment when he told Jane he had to stand at the picket line for his people. You go Ro!
Problem number 2 – Jane’s party entertainer decided to cancel. Since it was Mateo’s first birthday, Jane couldn’t let that happen. Instead, she opted to book a group of dinosaurs and hoped that everything would go smoothly from then on. Of course, that’s wishful thinking. Mateo got super sick and Jane felt horrible that in her planning she neglected to take him to the doctor until he got so sick, he needed to go to the ER.
With the party canceled, Jane, Rafael and Mateo spent his first birthday in the hospital remembering all the good times they had together in that one year. Like the narrator said, a lot can change in one year but a lot stays the same. Mateo is evolving and with it are Rafael’s feelings for Jane. Sorry Petra but Raf is still not over his baby mama…. well first baby mama. But with Jane getting married, does he even stand a chance? I’ll say that I love Rafael and Jane so I’m rooting for them but she can’t up and leave Michael at the alter can she? Ay caramba!
As for Rafael, he was being blackmailed by his brother Derek who was working with the crime lord Mutter. Derek tricked Raf into taking insider information and making money off of it. Now he’s blackmailing Rafael into selling him the hotel next to the Marbella or he tells the police. Jane advises Rafael to turn himself in and help the police find Derek and Mutter in exchange for a lesser sentence. Petra however advises against it and tells him to set Derek up by staging a FBI raid and then catching him confessing to the criminal act. Of course, Petra’s plan fails and Derek catches on to Rafael so he has to turn over the hotel. This isn’t a competition but Petra really cannot win against Jane.
But thankfully, Rafael has Michael who continues working tirelessly on the case even though he was fired from the job. Michael enlists Susanna who helps him follow a lead – Derek wanted the Fairwick because that’s where the $200 million of undisclosed money was being hidden. When they arrive on the scene they find Mutter chained up and Derek on a plane with all the money. Who is he working with?
And speaking of working with, Aneska isn’t so innocent after all. She’s actually in cahoots with Petra’s mom Magda which we know means bad news. The two have been working on this “plan” for a whole year. Not sure what the plan really is but it definitely involves making Petra not fall for Rafael and having Aneska pose as Petra. And we know Magda wants to get back at her daughter for sticking her in prison. What do you think these two are up to?!
Next week is the big wedding. The preview shows Rafael telling Jane that he loves her and that she cannot marry Michael. Will she leave him at the alter? Will she go back to Rafael? Thoughts and predictions?!
TV Shows to Binge During Your Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing
In case you haven’t been keeping up with global news, coronavirus, COVID-19, is forcing everyone to practice the 2020 version of”conscious uncoupling” known as “social distancing.”
Many cities/states are on lockdown with bars, restaurants, and other establishments closing their doors to keep the outbreak from spreading even more than it has.
If you’ve found yourself self-quarantined at home on the couch to prevent the spread of germs, you’ll likely be looking for things to keep yourself occupied.
Many shows have shuttered production with daytime and late-night talk shows going sans audiences or completely dark for the remainder of the month.
And this means it’s the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you’ve been putting off.
Here are some shows to watch during your self-quarantine.
What the world needs now is a fixer who could tell us all how to get out of this mess. Since that’s not possible, we have the next best thing in Olivia Pope, DC’s fixer and right-hand to the President, who is also in a torrid love affair with him. It’s political, dramatic, and sexy as hell to this day.
Don’t you wish we could all travel back to a time before the coronavirus? Same. Maybe if we had a time machine like Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus, we totally could. But alas, we’ll have to settle for watching their journey through key historical moments as they attempt to stop Rittenhouse from destroying the world.
Locke & Key
Think Harry Potter meets Narnia. Netflix’s new fantasy thriller finds a family moving into a mansion following their father’s death where they learn that it’s filled with secret keys that open up portals to other dimensions. You never know where you’ll end up, but it’ll make you forget you’re curled up on your couch amidst a toilet-paper shortage.
Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer by day and doubles as a vigilante hacker by night. When he’s recruited by a mysterious underground organization, he’s forced to do things that make him question his personal beliefs, his morals, and most importantly, what’s real and what isn’t.
Financial burdens (like the fact that you spent all your money stocking up on canned goods and paper towels) plague three suburban moms who are tired of always playing “catch up.” They decide to take matters into their own hands and rob a grocery store. Soon, they find themselves trying to navigate a world of crime that has absolutely no rules. As they try to survive, their actions will keep you on the edge of your seat.
You’ve already heard of Stranger Things, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s high time you do. The series takes place in 1980s Indiana and follows a group of young friends who become privy to supernatural happening within the government.
There’s no better time than during a quarantine to watch all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, when else are you going to have the time? All you need to know is that it’s a medical drama, there’s a doctor named McDreamy, and Shonda Rhimes is the boss babe behind it.
The Good Place is a stroke of comedic genius mixed with some of the most insightful and wholesome storytelling of our generation. It’s also the only series that had the perfect series finale (fight me, but after coronavirus cause there’s a no-touching ban). Eleanor Shellstrop is shocked to find herself in the Good Place following her death and immediately realizes she’s there by mistake. No one is prepared for her hilarious afterlife antics as she hides from architect Michael and her new friends while trying to become a better version of herself.
Don’t be deterred by the plot — a young Latina woman learns she’s pregnant after she’s accidentally artificially inseminated. The series weaves together the best parts of a telenovela while adding heart, feshed-out characters, strong female leads, irresistible love interests, and family at the forefront of every storyline.
Love is Blind
In the reality TV vein, Netflix delivered the world’s newest obsession. It’s a social experiment that many claim prepared our generation for dating throughout “social distancing.” Love is Blind forces a handful of contestants to meet people while isolated in pods. Once they find their “soulmate,” they propose to them without meeting face-to-face and a few weeks later, walk down the aisle.
If you’re not familiar with Joe Goldberg, you’re missing out. YOU is a suspenseful thriller that digs into the mind of an obsessed serial killer and follows his romantic relationships.
Game of Thrones
Similarly to Greys Anatomy, when else are you going to find the time to watch all of Game of Thrones? This is the perfect time to dig into a pop culture phenomenon so you know what “winter is coming” means the next time someone mentions it.
The Marvelous Ms. Maisel
If there’s anyone that can cheer you up and put a smile on your face, it’s Ms. Maisel. Set in the late 1950s, Miriam aka “Midge” breaks the rules and pursues a career in stand-up comedy. While it’s unheard of for women of her class to pursue a career, it’s even more unheard of a woman succeeding in such an industry. But leave it to Midge to prove everyone wrong and do it with flair and style!
Jane the Virgin – Chapter One Hundred (5×19)
It should be noted that I had to tell myself to be brave while writing this review and wiping away so many happy tears.
As far as series finales go, Jane the Virgin’s hit every mark and was a treat for longtime fans.
One would say it was the inverse of what made Jane the Virgin such a household name; it bypassed the usual telenovela-twists and opted for happy endings all around.
There will always be things that I wish would have happened, but confined to a one-hour window, the finale was pretty perfect.
Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Eight (5×17)
How do we say goodbye?
Xiomara posed that very question at the end of Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 17, and nothing sums up my feelings more succinctly.
We’re almost at the end, and despite this being the weakest season to date, it’s still bittersweet.
Look, nothing against anyone on the Jane the Virgin team.
Putting together a final season is a tall order, and appeasing everyone is nearly impossible.
We’re always going to have a bone to pick with something. That’s just life.
Nevertheless, I’m enjoying this strange ride for what it is and soaking up these last moments with the Gloriana Villaneuva family.
The realistic moments of the episode were really great, but the moments that leaned heavily into telenovela territory fell short.
Rose’s masterplan was revealed and to be honest, it was lame and non-existent.
Everything she’s ever done was motivated by her love for Luisa.
She broke out of jail and created an army of minions in order to be with her one true love.
If Luisa hadn’t betrayed Rose, Rose wouldn’t have had any motive to come after Jane.
Rose has been an elusive and terrifying villain all these years, but she just felt like a run-of-the-mill villain when she ambushed Jane.
Yes, I was a nervous wreck the entire time, but only because I expected Rose to already have people at Mateo’s school waiting for him or something.
Did anyone even know where Mateo was at the time? And why did no one come to check in on Jane?
Then, Rose’s grand plan was to sneak into the This Is Mars party essentially wearing alien costumes from Spirit Halloween.
What happened to the plastic surgery genius who could change her appearance at the snap of her fingers?
The one who befriended Michael as Susanna and faked his whole death?
We needed that Rose to come out and play.
Read the full review at TV Fanatic!
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